Celebrating the Artists behind the Welsh Language Music Scene: Swyn Sain (The Sights of Sain) at Ara Deg

Swyn Sain (The Sights of Sain) handbook front/back cover Words by Melanie Xulu From the 25th to 28th August, music and arts festival Ara Deg takes place at Neuadd Ogwen, a community arts centre in Bethesda, on the edge of Snowdonia in North Wales. Curated by Gruff Rhys, the festival is a celebration of music … Continue reading Celebrating the Artists behind the Welsh Language Music Scene: Swyn Sain (The Sights of Sain) at Ara Deg

‘I became much more alive with motherhood’, Melody’s Echo Chamber on Emotional Eternal

Image credit: Diane Sagnier Melanie Xulu chats to Melody's Echo Chamber ahead of the release of her third album, Emotional Eternal. MOOF: How does this record differ to your previous two? Melody Prochet: I think it's different because it's arisen from the echoes of silence. I've been sitting in silence, not playing or listening to … Continue reading ‘I became much more alive with motherhood’, Melody’s Echo Chamber on Emotional Eternal

Band to Watch: Large Plants

Large Plants' Jack Sharp Words by Melanie Xulu MOOF's band to watch are Large Plants, the new project of Wolf People's Jack Sharp. Started during a song-writing and recording frenzy during the 2020 lockdown while psych-folk luminaries Wolf People were on hiatus, Sharp played and recorded all instruments for the songs on the forthcoming album. … Continue reading Band to Watch: Large Plants

Band to watch: Melin Melyn

Welsh wizards Melin Melyn have caught our attention with their eye-catching artwork and Gorky's-esque neo-psych and folk sounds. Switching frequently from Welsh to English (sometimes mid-song) their tracks are filled with oddball humour and general charming nonsense... in that effortless Syd Barrett way. Melin Melyn are quickly gaining momentum as a band leading the way … Continue reading Band to watch: Melin Melyn

Psyched to Meet You: Masaki Batoh

PSYCHED TO MEET YOU: MASAKI BATOH Interview by Gareth Thompson Masaki Batoh grew up in Japan and began playing the guitar aged nineteen. He was a founding member of experimental band Ghost, who often lived a nomadic existence. Batoh’s solo albums are a labyrinth of sound, drawing on classical, folk and psych-rock themes. His recent … Continue reading Psyched to Meet You: Masaki Batoh

MOOF Magazine’s Lockdown Film Recommendations

Words by Melanie Xulu With a lot of us stuck at home and with more spare time on our hands during these scary and uncertain times, I've compiled a list of films I always seem to find myself returning to, from Walkabout to Withnail & I. Hopefully there are a few things amongst this list … Continue reading MOOF Magazine’s Lockdown Film Recommendations

Live review: Celebrating The Shindig! Centenary – With The Hare And Hoofe

  The Hare and Hoofe Helgi's, London 29th February 2020 Words by Melanie Xulu Photographs by Jeff Pitcher To celebrate one hundred issues of the much-loved Shindig! Magazine, madcap minstrels The Hare and Hoofe took to the best occult rock bar in London town, Helgi's. Geared up in personalised boiler suits and war paint, the fearful fivesome opened … Continue reading Live review: Celebrating The Shindig! Centenary – With The Hare And Hoofe

An interview with Kvasar

MOOF Magazine chat to Swedish jazz/prog/psych five-piece Kvasar, ahead of their London gig at Helgi's bar (Hackney) this Thursday. MOOF: Are you excited to play London?  Kvasar: Yes! Many of our biggest inspirations are from England, and started their career in London. So in a sense it’s like coming home, walking our own path but … Continue reading An interview with Kvasar

Single premiere: Great Silkie – I Don’t Know How To Say I Love You (These Days)

MOOF Magazine are delighted to premiere the brand new single from London based folk-rock outfit, Great Silkie. Take an exclusive listen to 'I Don't Know How To Say I Love You (These Days)’ ahead of its release this Friday on Crocodile Records, as part of their new Digital Singles Club. Written and arranged by ex-Voyeurs guitarist … Continue reading Single premiere: Great Silkie – I Don’t Know How To Say I Love You (These Days)

MOOF Magazine to Collaborate with The Jam Ringo Experience

MOOF are over the moon to join forces with wonderfully quirky Australian online music talkshow, The Jam Ringo Experience, a monthly music talkshow that aims to promote live music and bands, in a 70’s psychedelic setting and surreal manner (that we love!) Hosted by Jam Ringo, "a groovy and partially wigged out individual", The Jam Ringo … Continue reading MOOF Magazine to Collaborate with The Jam Ringo Experience